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3/16/2015

Information on changes to school fire and safety drills now available

On March 23, 2015, House Bill 178 will go into effect. Part of that legislation includes changes to school fire and safety drills. The Division of State Fire Marshal, Code Enforcement Bureau issued the following documents for your review available here.

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3/16/2015

Guidance available for schools seeking Accessible Educational Materials for students with print disabilities

For some students, printed instructional materials can be a barrier to participation and achievement in the general education curriculum. Accessible Educational Materials remove that barrier. Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, state and local education agencies must ensure that children with disabilities who need Accessible Education Materials in the four specialized formats receive those materials in a timely manner, which is defined in Ohio as the delivery of the accessible materials at the same time as their peers receive their materials.

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3/16/2015

New Braille Code for Students who are Blind/Visually Impaired

The Braille Authority of North America adopted Unified English Braille to replace the current English Braille American Edition in the United States. The official braille codes for the United States will be Unified English Braille, Nemeth Code for Mathematics and Science Notation, Music Braille Code and The IPA Braille Code. States are expected to have most phases or plans to transition in place by Jan. 4, 2016.

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3/16/2015

Get free training in classroom technology and 15 contact hours from INFOhio

Want to become an expert on using technology in the classroom? Want to share what you've learned with your peers? Apply to become an INFOhio District/Building ICoach (“Integration” Coach). 

INFOhio is looking for energetic people employed within Ohio school buildings and districts to join the 150+ member INFOhio District/Building ICoach team. People accepted to be part of the Fiscal Year 2016 INFOhio District/Building ICoach team receive free training on incorporating INFOhio resources and other digital tools successfully in the classroom, training they can then use to help their students and peers.

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3/10/2015

Deadlines and dates

Approaching deadlines or important dates mentioned in previous editions of EdConnection.

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3/10/2015

2015 Report Card

Districts and schools are asking questions about the 2015 Ohio Report Card. Find information about how data from all the state tests will affect the state and local report cards and educator evaluations here. Here is clarification about how untested students are included or not included in calculations.

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3/10/2015

Third Grade Reading Guarantee and early literacy regional meetings – another date added due to high interest

The Ohio Department of Education is adding another date, March 24, in Independence, for the Third Grade Reading Guarantee regional meetings in March−April 2015. The meeting will help teachers and administrators learn strategies to support early literacy.

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